Doha News turns eight this week, and it’s been a bittersweet birthday for our team.
Since the government blocked our website in November, we don’t know what this coming year will hold.
But we thank you for your continuing support.
And we hope to continue serving Qatar’s community by providing interesting, informative and incisive news.
DN first began in the form of a Twitter account, before evolving into a Tumblr blog and eventually a proper website.
Here’s our first tweet, which I posted eight years ago this week:
News of interest is always developing in this supposedly sleepy town. Feel free to follow along as I post the best bits, IMHO of course 🙂
— Doha News (@dohanews) March 6, 2009
Taking a quick trip down memory lane, here are 10 of our most popular tweets (according to RTs) since we first got started that day in March 2009.
The stories range from serious to light-hearted, to quirky and inspiring.
VIDEO: Qatari takes camel through Burger King drive-thru http://t.co/djQjujsFFb pic.twitter.com/99aggQYzlp
— Doha News (@dohanews) April 26, 2014
Local Qatari family stocks outdoor fridge with free cold drinks http://t.co/9xMf6TsIk2 #WhatWillIDo pic.twitter.com/4cnEcbLjvv
— Doha News (@dohanews) June 9, 2014
Qatar cancels National Day activities in solidarity with Aleppo https://t.co/dm3V4AOJJd https://t.co/P3oyTNnwwt pic.twitter.com/k8jpTCnKaV
— Doha News (@dohanews) December 14, 2016
Qatari couple open nation's first manga store http://t.co/Y5oyo58Ngq pic.twitter.com/gEJeoha9H5
— Doha News (@dohanews) October 18, 2014
What it's like to be gay and Qatari https://t.co/GG5heN0e5W pic.twitter.com/HO2G3jHfPO
— Doha News (@dohanews) August 5, 2016
PHOTOS: The Milky Way galaxy, as seen from Qatar http://t.co/JM4VKQIi7l pic.twitter.com/hlFdbwNsp9
— Doha News (@dohanews) April 6, 2014
PHOTOS: Qatar shop sets up free food counter for residents in need http://t.co/RKjI06Lnyn pic.twitter.com/PiXOMeo0kt
— Doha News (@dohanews) September 28, 2014
#Qatar named host of 2019 IAAF World Championships in Athletics. http://t.co/3nCShw95r5 pic.twitter.com/dG6gDpbg3o
— Doha News (@dohanews) November 18, 2014
British pop singer @EdSheeran to hold a concert in #Qatar. http://t.co/By3EiasWCf pic.twitter.com/PfE3MrmWEq
— Doha News (@dohanews) November 16, 2014
Dubai to Doha in 23 minutes – new hyperloop concept unveiled https://t.co/ncVKurv0T1 pic.twitter.com/OOe8tBkgkE
— Doha News (@dohanews) November 8, 2016
What are some of your favorite DN pieces from over the years? Thoughts?